Frank Copley

photo needed In existographies, Frank O. Copley (1907-1993) was an American Latin scholar noted for his 1977 English introduction to and translation of LucretiusOn the Nature of Things. [1]

Copley’s special interests included the Roman poet Catullus and Latin elegiac poetry. His translations of Virgil’s The Aeneid, Cicero’s On Old Age and On Friendship and LucretiusOn the Nature of Things, among many others, made the classics accessible to the public. [2]

Copley completed his BA at Stanford in 1930, his MA at Harvard in 1931, then studied at the University of Goettingen, Germany, before returning to Stanford where he completed his PhD in 1935. [2] He was a professor at the University of Michigan from 1934 until his retirement in 1977.

The following are related quotes:

“The Epicureans were neither determinists nor atheists, although they were commonly accused of being both.”
— Frank Copley (1977), “Introduction” to On the Nature of Things (pg. xv)

1. Copley, Frank O. (1977). “Introduction”, in: Lucretius: On the Nature of Things (§1:vii-xx, pg. vii). W.W. Norton, 2011.
2. Anon. (1993). “Obituary: Frank Copley” (ΡΊ), The University Record, University of Michigan, Feb 15.

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